The Chicago Cubs bullpen needs major help and moving a good player to fix it might be needed.
The Chicago Cubs are looking like a pretty good team. They have a good record right now but it doesn’t seem likely to last if they don’t fix their bullpen. They are going to be in trouble if they keep blowing leads or letting teams think they are in games that they lead by 6 or more. Theo Epstein didn’t do anything to fix it over the winter despite it being a clear need in the 2019 season. The writing is on the wall that they might need to move different players to help them in that department.
Craig Kimbrel is signed to make a lot of money. He hasn’t lived up to the contract that the Cubs gave him. Before coming to the Cubs, he was truly one of the best closers in the history of baseball. It hasn’t translated to success for Chicago and that makes the bullpen way worse than it already is. Kimbrel almost single-handedly lost a game to the Cincinnati Reds earlier this week.
After Kimbrel, there are a lot of guys there that the average fan hasn’t heard of. They really need to address this problem otherwise they will be in big trouble. You can win some games early on all you want but if you don’t feel good about the wins, that is never a good sign.
There are three tiers of players that the Cubs might be willing to move for certain tiers of relievers. If they trade a tier-one player they would get a tier-one pitcher. These are three players, one from each tier, that they should consider moving for bullpen help: